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#1 drty

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 08:48 AM

I currently have a Dell 4600 desktop. The computer has a Nvidia GeForce 5200 128Mb card. I would like to upgrade the card, but I don't want to spend a ton of money. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 01:37 PM

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My suggestion would be to search online and find a video card just above the Nvidia GeForce 5200 128Mb card, and buy the best priced one you can find.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 01:47 PM

Do you know if your computer is AGP or if it's PCI-E? If you don't know, you can run SIW (it's free!) to find out. Look under the "Videoprocessor" and it should tell you if it's AGP or PCI-E.

It won't cost you a lot of money to upgrade from that 5200. If you want to stick with Nvidia, then I'd go with the 6600 GT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814140048[/url] version and PCI-E version, both from newegg.com). Good clock speeds, and they'll run pretty much any game out there (except maybe the top games in the higher resolution, like F.E.A.R. at the highest resolution setting). Both cards are about $100 (without shipping).

If you dare shop on Ebay, they'll run maybe $20-$50 cheaper.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 02:35 PM

It's an AGP card. I'm not stuck on sticking with the Nvidia. It's just what I ordered with the machine.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 05:17 PM

The AGP version of the card that I mentioned earlier is good (it's actually overclocked, with the memory speed of being 1000mhz, which is really good). It's a very good card for the money.

What are you planning on spending for a new card? Graphic cards range from $20 to over $500. The 6600GT is about as low as I'd go if was planning on playing games on it.
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 02:02 PM

The computer is general use plus games are played on it. I would like to be able to play some of the newer games. Something like world of warcraft. Would like to keep the price of the card around $100 but could spend around $150. How about a GeForce 6200OC 256 Mb card?

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 06:06 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814102042
Radeon X800 GTO. Usually I'd say stick with NVidia; but I know someone with this same card and it runs the almost exactly the same as my old 6800 GS that cost me 240$. The only real downfall is it overheats sometimes. He has to keep his side panel of to run games.




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